There is always more to a story. But the Minneapolis death of George Floyd is deeper than it appears. First, when Amy Klobuchar was prosecutor in Hennepin County, Minnesota, she failed to prosecute Derek Chauvin – the former policeman at the center of the controversy – for previous complaints of brutality. Then word comes that Chauvin could have known George Floyd from a stint as security at a local club.
One outside, one inside…did they know each other?
George Floyd and now-former Officer Derek Chauvin both worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street, according to Maya Santamaria. Santamaria owned the building for nearly two decades, but sold the venue within the last few months.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria said. “They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
Maya Santamaria couldn’t say for certain whether Chauvin and Floyd knew each other. But it is suspicious.
Amy Klobuchar – Failure to prosecute can be for a lack of evidence, and other factors.
According to the Daily Wire, Amy Klobuchar failed to prosecute Derek Chauvin and several other officers, in spite of previous complaints. Her record of prosecuting the wrong person and failing to prosecute the guilty party has been the subject of other articles.
Between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar, the state’s then top prosecutor, declined to press charges against more than a dozen officers accused of killing civilians,” The Guardian reported. “In 2006, Chauvin was one of several officers involved in the shooting death of a man who stabbed others before turning on the police.”
Klobuchar “did not prosecute and instead the case went to a grand jury that declined to charge the officers with wrongdoing in 2008…
… “The focus of the community’s anger was Amy Klobuchar, the up-and-coming attorney of Hennepin County, who had declined to prosecute police accused of using excessive force against black suspects,” The Washington Post reported. “At the same time, she aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses such as vandalism and routinely sought longer-than-recommended sentences, including for minors.”
There appears to be an attitude in this blue state that needs serious correction.
WXII reported that Chauvin had 18 complaints against him in police internal files. Two of the officers did not have any, while one other one, Tou Thao had 6 complaints, one of which was still open.
The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck had 18 prior complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs, according to the police department.
It’s unclear what the internal affairs complaints against the officer, Derek Chauvin, were for. MPD did not provide additional details….
…Only two of the 18 complaints against Chauvin were “closed with discipline,” according to a MPD internal affairs public summary. In both cases, the “discipline issued” column indicated that a letter of reprimand had been issued in response.
Chauvin was not the only officer on the scene that day with a history of complaints against him.
Former officer Tou Thao had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open, according to the public summary released Thursday. The other five complaints had been closed without discipline.”
A lawsuit against the MPD by a man named Lamar Ferguson in 2017 alleged that Thao and another officer punched, kicked and put “knees to the face and body while Ferguson was defenseless and handcuffed.” They also expressed displeasure with medical staff as he was being treated, and according to the lawsuit, threw his paperwork and prescription for pain killers in the garbage as they left. The city paid out $25,000 to the attorneys and Ferguson to settle the case in December of 2017.
Multiple witness said that Chauvin’s expressions and body language showed that he was enjoying harming Mr. Floyd. Minneapolis needs a revamping of their police force. When there are that many complaints against an officer, there is an issue that needs further investigation. A psychological exam should be given at the outset of every officer’s hiring at the department. If they test too harsh or too lax, another job might be a better fit.
Featured photo: George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, via KSTP